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Promoting pollination and pollinators in farming


Dr Peter Kevan is Emeritus Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, Canada. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo and Ottawa University, Canada and a Research Associated of the Missouri Botanical Garden and Royal Botanical Garden. Professor Kevan is internationally renowned for his research on the biology and conservation of bees and other pollinators, with over 200 publications on these topics. Amongst other honours, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal Entomological Society and the Royal Society of Biology. Dr Susan Willis Chan works in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph where she conducts research in entomology, ecology and biology, as well as working with Canadian farmers on conserving pollinators. Susan is a species expert on the ground-nesting hoary squash bee and has a strong interest in all aspects of agroecology.



Publication date:

13 December 2022

Length of book:

500 pages

ISBN-13: 9781801460989

Hardback - £145.00
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It has been reported that up to 95% of all flowering plants require the services of other organisms to move pollen from male to female flower parts during the pollination process. These organisms, including bees, are collectively known as pollinators. However, in light of the growing evidence of global declines in pollinator species, the management, ecology and conservation of wild and managed pollinators is a subject of growing importance and research activity.

Promoting pollination and pollinators in farming reviews the wealth of research on our current understanding of existing pollination processes and their importance to our global ecosystems. The book considers how pollinators interact with plants, as well as the major threats to pollinator species, including climate change, diseases and pesticide exposure.

Through its comprehensive exploration of the current status of pollinators in farming, the book provides its readers with the knowledge required to promote pollination by protecting the world’s pollinators species and the ecosystem services they deliver using techniques such as habitat conservation.

Key features

  • Reviews recent advances in understanding pollination dynamics and the role of plant-pollinator relationships in agro-ecosystems 
  • Provides a comprehensive assessment of the major threats to economically important pollinators, including the impact of climate change and disease threat 
  • Explores best practices for the protection of key pollinators and the ecosystem services they deliver

What others are saying...

“Pollinators, and the pollination services that they provide, are a vital component of sustainable global agriculture. The editors have assembled a wonderful set of researchers to present the latest findings about the importance of pollinators, why many populations are declining, and what can be done about it. This volume promises to be a widely read, state-of-the-art account of an essential topic that will be a useful resource for years to come."(Professor Jeff Ollerton, author of ‘Pollinators & Pollination: Nature and Society’ and Visiting Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Northampton, UK)

“Now more than ever we need to sustainably manage pollination services to bolster global food and nutritional security. This book brings together an internationally excellent team to synthesise state of the art knowledge on the threats to and mitigation responses for pollinators and pollination in agro-ecosystems. It promises to be a go to reference for academics, agri-food industry, policy makers and NGOs.” (Professor Simon Potts, University of Reading, UK and Co-Chair of the UN IPBES global assessment of Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production)

“This book is highly recommended for farmers and agronomists interested in learning about advances in techniques and protocols employed currently by conservation biologists and field ecologists. These chapters show authors combining the traditional with the practical, theoretical, and controversial with great enthusiasm and attention to critical details.” (Professor Peter Bernhardt, author of ‘The Rose’s Kiss: A Natural History of Flowers’, Research Associate of the Missouri Botanical Garden, USA and 2022 recipient of the Peter Raven Award for Public Outreach of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists)

Table of contents

Part 1 Understanding pollinators and pollination
1.What is pollination and what are pollinators in agriculture?: Lynn Adler, University of Massachusetts, USA;
2.Advances in understanding crop plant-pollinator interactions: olfactory attractants: Philip Stevenson, University of Greenwich, UK;
3.The role of wind-pollinated plants in plant-pollinator networks: Stephen Murphy, University of Waterloo, Canada;

Part 2 Threats to pollinators
4.Assessing climate change impacts on pollinators: Kit Prendergast, Curtin University/Forrest Foundation, Australia;
5.Assessing the impact of disease on pollinators: Rob Paxton, University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany;
6.How neonicotinoid insecticides affect bees and other pollinators: Maj Rundlof, Lund University, Sweden;
7.Assessing the impact of pesticides on pollinators: Christian Maus, Bayer Bee Care Center, Germany;
8.Assessing the impact of introduced species of pollinators on agricultural production: Benoit Geslin, IMBE-CNRS/University of Avignon, France;

Part 3 Promoting pollinators and pollination
9.The role of habitat conservation/restoration in protecting pollinators in agricultural landscapes: Stephen Buchmann, University of Arizona/formerly USDA-ARS, USA;
10.Altering crop management practices to promote pollinators: Jose Franco, USDA-ARS, USA;
11.Landscape approaches to promoting pollinators in agriculture: Darren Evans, Newcastle University, UK;
12.Designing integrated pest management (IPM) programmes to protect pollinators and promote pollination for agricultural productivity: Dave Biddinger, Penn State University, USA;
13.Entomovectoring/apivectoring: using pollinators to spread biocontrol agents: Guy Smagghe, Ghent University, Belgium;